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Parental relocation disputes

Child custody situations are often complicated and become even more difficult if the custodial parent chooses to relocate. This change could force the non-custodial parent to have a long distance relationship with the child. The non-custodial parent has the right to object to the relocation because it affects their visitation rights. It could also damage their relationship with the child because they will not be spending as much time together. The court always makes a decision that is in the best interest of the child. There are a number of things that are considered before a decision is made.

In some cases, a relocation agreement is already in place after the child custody proceedings. The non-custodial parent must agree to the visitation schedule to allow the relocation to take place. If there is no such agreement, the custodial parent must notify the non-custodial parent a certain number of days before the planned move. The non-custodial parent may accept the relocation or file an appeal against it.


The reason for relocating is an important aspect when determining whether to allow it. If relocation is in the best interest of the child, there is a good chance of the judge allowing it. A positive reason like improved cost of living, continuing education or a good job opportunity could be in the best interest of the child. Other things that the judge considers are distance, travel costs and the visitation schedule. If all these are acceptable to both parents, the relocation can be allowed.

Relocation disputes can be complicated and you might require an experienced attorney to guide you through the proceedings. The attorney will assess your case and try to get a decision that suits you and your child.


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